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[TR] Hood- Cooper Spur 6/4/2004

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Climb: Hood-Cooper Spur

 

Date of Climb: 6/4/2004

 

Trip Report:

Decided to take advantage of the weather window and full moon. With warm temps and calm winds when we left the rig on the road to Cloud Cap, the hike to Tie-in Rock was pleasant.

 

Winds started in earnest as we reached the saddle heading up to to Tie-in Rock at dawn.3229104_0435_r1-med.jpg

 

Slope was in good shape down low with styrofoam snow. 3229104_0436-med.JPG

 

Snow became highly variable the higher we went, going from firm to thigh-deep mush and back every few steps making the 40-50 degree slopes a little suspect. The Elliot was looking fine but the crevasses were opening.

 

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The summit was icy, we descended the South Side. The 'shrund was wide open. 6220 feet of vertical and 5300 feet of descent and 8 miles of hiking. bigdrink.gif

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Gear Notes:

Standard alpine fare, placed about 5 or 6 pickets up in the Chimney and above.

 

Approach Notes:

Road to Tilly Jane is open to about 5100 feet. A little snow in the woods and along the moraine.

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Great TR, thanks!

 

So from where you left your car how long did it take you to hike the remainder of Cloud Cap road? Did you follow the road, or did you hike strait up to avoid the switchbacks?

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We went staight up the Tilley Jane trail. I think it took us about 45 minutes to get to Cloud Cap.

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Thanks for the report and photos. Hope to ski the Cooper Spur on Friday (6/11). Come on high pressure!

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Finally got to ski this one yesterday and thought I'd just add the photo and info to the end of this thread.

 

Pretty good conditions although the snow around tie-in-rock wasn't completely frozen allowing for some post-holing to mid-calf (we didn't break through the layer on the ski decent). As we got higher, steps required a couple of good kicks. Skied from the pink dot at about 10,400. Corn was good, and was ready by 8am. Had to dodge a few tennis ball sized rocks whizzing down at us on the way up. Slog was painful yet very rewarding.

 

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We also skied a north off the spur down onto the Elliot at about 430pm Saturday that had good turns too...Although I skied about 2 feet from a crevasse that was showing more by the day.

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